Strange fog at ANU

By 24 December, 2013 5

ACT Fire & Rescue are inspecting a science room filled with mist at the Australian National University.

Crews say the mist is a combination of helium and nitrogen.

It’s believed the gases may have been leftover from experiments.

An alarm system was triggered at 00:42am.

Three pumpers, the Hazardous Materials Unit, Breathing Apparatus Van and two commanders are on scene at North Road.

Update to follow.

2:22 AM

Crews have begun leaving the scene but the area will remain cordoned off.

There was no danger of fire or explosion and the gases in the science lab were vented by the Hazardous Materials Unit.

ACT Fire & Rescue have handed the room over to ANU authorities, who will continue investigations this morning.

The Hazardous Materials Unit and a pumper are expected to return to the scene at 8:30am to conduct final atmospheric testing.

2:58 AM

[Courtesy ESA]

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5 Responses to Strange fog at ANU
#1
Proboscus10:39 am, 24 Dec 13

Perhaps it’s smug?

When people attend the ANU, they get so full of themselves they spew tons of self-satisfied garbage into the air! That isn’t smog, it’s smug…

(Apologies to South Park)

#2
Deref10:49 am, 24 Dec 13

I’ll bite. How do helium and nitrogen make fog?

#3
BimboGeek11:02 am, 24 Dec 13

RSC leaving things lying around again?

#4
Antagonist1:28 pm, 24 Dec 13

Proboscus said :

Perhaps it’s smug?

When people attend the ANU, they get so full of themselves they spew tons of self-satisfied garbage into the air! That isn’t smog, it’s smug…

(Apologies to South Park)

I thought the same thing at first, but smug is composed mainly of nitrogen, hydrogen, carbon dioxide, oxygen or methane in varying quantities depending on the individual. The smug hypothesis does not explain the helium … unless the smug came from cyclists playing with helium balloons ???

#5
c_c™2:08 pm, 24 Dec 13

‘handed the room over to ANU authorities’

What ANU authorities? There’s a bean-counter with a moe and a bunch of rent-a-cops who write parking tickets.

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